06 September 2020

Halfway Through the 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season - What's Still to Come

As we enter into September this marks the halfway point for the 2020 Atlantic Hurricane season, which runs from June 1 to November 30. This season includes all areas of the Atlantic Ocean, the Caribbean Sea, and the Gulf of Mexico. And for anyone that lives in this region, it’s been a very busy season so far, with Hurricane Laura just having made its way through the Gulf and then on land last week. 

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But what does the 2020 season still hold for the region? Will residents be in for a bit of a break or is there still a lot of unpredictable and volatile weather to come? Let’s take a closer look.

Predictions Have Now Been Updated

It was back in May that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) released its initial storm season forecast stating that there was a 60% chance it would be an above-normal season. A month earlier the Colorado State University Tropical Meteorology Project team seemed to have that same finding, as they predicted 16 named storms in the season. So how have the predictions changed?

Well they haven’t changed for the better if you’re one of the millions of residents in the path of the Atlantic hurricanes. Just last month on Aug. 6 NOAA updated its predictions and said the remainder of the season would be "extremely active", upping its prediction to 19 to 25 named storms, and seven to 11 of those becoming full-blown hurricanes.

Looking back at how the season has played out, the first named storm of the season was Tropical Storm Arthur back on May 16, which was before the official start of the season. 

At the time of publication there have been two new named storms - Nana and Omar, that are both forming and could threaten the coastline yet again. They have now become the 14th and 15th named storms of the 2020 season. In fact, they have now become the "earliest 14th and 15th named storms ever formed". That certainly doesn't bode well for anyone hoping the season would calm down and wind down a bit early.

What's even more unsettling is that even though the storm season is at its peak, some experts believe it may get worse before it gets better.

Homeowners Are Urged to Stay on Top of Repairs

Of course for any homeowner that has suffered storm damage, as Advantage Construction points out, it’s important to stay on top of repairs and not allow them to go by unaddressed. Leaving something in rough condition means it’s that much weaker come the next storm. Whether you're dealing with missing shingles, water damage, downed tree limbs, or any other damage, it's important to deal with it as soon as possible following the storm.

A Season that Will Go Out with a Bang

So it appears as though the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season is far from over and doesn’t have any plans of fading quietly into the night during the back half.

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